UK diplomat meets Belhaj over rendition claim

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Posted: Sep 08, 2011 11:59 AM
UK diplomat meets Belhaj over rendition claim

Britain says its top diplomat in Libya has met with Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, the military commander in the Libyan capital who alleges MI6 and the CIA had a role in his 2004 rendition.

A Foreign Office statement says Dominic Asquith, Britain's acting special representative in Libya, met with Belhaj on Thursday in talks "focused on the security situation in Tripoli."

Belhaj also raised concern over the role British and U.S. intelligence may have played in his 2004 detention in Bangkok and transfer to Tripoli.

Belhaj previously led the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a now-dissolved militant group opposed to recently-ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

A British inquiry into the treatment of suspected terrorists overseas will examine his case.